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Opinion Editors

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Unsigned editorials represent a maujority of the Daily's E:ditorial Board.
All other cartoons, signed articles, and letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Daily.
'U' perpetuates salary gap
s the newly-released Faculty and Staff Salary counteract the subtle disadvantages which women
Record reveals, virtually all of the top Uni- face in the hiring process. "A lot centers around
versity wage-earners are men. Of University em- what people value," she said.
ployees who earn more than $200,000, all five are When the choice between job candidates is not
men. Among the top administrators, only one is a clear because one candidate has a higher degree or
woman. Last year, 18.5 percent of tenured and more experience, judgments which are not so con-
tenure-track professors were women - only 8.5 crete may be the deciding factors. Perceptions of
percent of the total number of full professors. competence or leadership ability geared toward a
These shocking statistics make clear that the traditionally male-dominated workplace put women
University is as guilty as other American employ- at a disadvantage. "We're not talking about com-
ers of perpetuating a wage gap between men and promising quality," Blum said.
women. But the University needs to be at the Additionally, men may secure high-level jobs
forefront of salary equality, and should not be through the informal networking done in various
dragging its feet to protect the status quo. The associations on the golf course or through
University should actively recruit women tohigher- mentorships - exclusive activities from which
paid positions to increase pay equity. women are often uninvited.
Thoughtherehavebeenlaws protecting women Though the University is attempting to increase
from overt discrimination for a generation, women the number of women in the faculty through the
are not yet holding the same high-level positions SHARE Program, which allocates money to supple-
as men, nor are they earning equal pay for equal ment the salaries of senior women professors, this
work. Women still earn only 71 cents onthe dollar, small measure is clearly not expansive enough.
compared to men, according to the National Com- With only tiny increases in the number of women in
mittee on Pay Equity. This perpetuates a feeling the faculty and staff from year to year, the Univer-
that women's work is not as valuable as men's and sity is only contributing to the male-dominated
ensures that men continue to be the primary bread- hierarchy under which women struggle today.
winners. But even innovative programs like this are not
Eliminating legal barriers to women in the enough. All of the University's equality and diver-
workplace is not enough. University Professor of sity programs ring hollow when University women
Sociology Linda Blum, author of Between Femi- are earning only a fraction of what their male
nism and Labor, supports an activist approach to counterparts earn.
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Clinton win not a landslide

To the Daily:
Your headline "Clinton Wins
Big," (11/4/92) was both inappro-
priate and irresponsible. The only
landslide of any sort was in the
Electoral College. I feel you are a
bit hypocritical when you slam
the electoral system in an
editorial and then play it up when
it gives the candidate you endorse
an imaginary landslide.
In most exit polls, Clinton's
margin of win in the popular vote
was only a few percentage points.
In no poll did Gov. Clinton get,
even 50 percent of the popular
vote and in many polls, he was
less than five points ahead of

President Bush. Furthermore,
Ross Perot had no electoral votes
but tallied an impressive amount
of popular votes hovering
somewhere around 18 percent.
This isn't at all to say that
Gov. Clinton wouldn't have won
the presidential race without the
Electoral College but there are
still many residents of this
country (over half to be exact)
who Bill Clinton needs to prove
himself to, more than in the
"sweeping victory" your story
Joshua Keough
LSA first-year student

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resident-elect Bill Clinton and Congressional
leaders Monday night produced the first thaw
inthe "cold war" betweenCongress and the White
House. The smiling faces that emerged from the
governor's mansion were a welcome departure
from the grimaces and lukewarm statements that
members of Congress traditionally -offered after a
summit in the Republican White House. Despite
Clinton's attempts to suppress high expectations
of the first 100 days, the Little Rock meeting has
: raised hopes that Uncles Sam may no longer be
shackled by the chains of government gridlock.
Speaker of the
. House Thomas.
Foley (D-Wash.),
Senate Majority \..
Leader George
Mitchell (D-Maine) -
and House Majority
Leader Richardx
Gephardt (D-Mo.)
t met with Clinton to
discuss the in-com- .
ing administration's
honeymoon agenda. °
They produced a li sto ,
of priorities, topped -
by economic
growth, job creation Q
r and affordable health care. Understanding that
these three priorities represent several fist-fulls of
work, Clinton refrained from revealing a time
It is doubtful that Clinton can successfully
resolve these complex problems even in the first
100 days, especially with the increasing complex-
ity of foreign policy issues - such as the Balkan
crisis and a looming trade war - with the battle
over gays in the military on the horizon. Success-
ful government, however, has less to do with
meeting deadlines than it does with bridging the
chasm dividing the two ends ofPennsylvaniaAve.
What vision Ronald Reagan brought to the
White House, President George Bush threw out
with the Reagan family portraits. Reagan may

have had the wrong vision, but his leadership -
along with six years of a Republican Senate -
aided the conservative icon in transforming much
of his rhetoric into reality.
Clinton and his Congressional allies demon-
strated Monday night that they share a common
vision. Their priorities literally put people first.
Provided Congress and Clinton coordinate their
efforts effectively, the 1990s could become the
decade that reversed the disastrous policies of the
Media pundits and observers feared during the
campaign that
Clintonhad aban-
doned hope of co-
operation in favor
of winning the
election. At the
New York con-
vention, Clinton
''hid members of
- Congress under
the bleachers.
Early in the cam-
paign, voters were
' hard pressed to
- find Clinton pos-
ing for photos
with members.
Now, the Clinton campaign is interviewing in-
fluential members of Congress for the powerful
positions of secretaries of defense and state and
national security advisor. Whatever Clinton be-
lieved before, he has more than demonstrated his
willingness to cooperate with the U.S. Congress to
make the New Covenant a reality.
After his meeting with Foley, Gephardt and
Mitchell, Clinton tried to ground high expecta-
tions. However, the evening dinner in Little Rock
spurred visions of the return of good government.
Right now, Clinton seems to have Congress and
theAmerican people on his side. Bush had the same
opportunity after the Gulf War victory. Hopefully,
Clinton learned some hard lessons from Bush's

Muslims suffer
To the Daily:
:Endless reports of unspeakable.
Serbian atrocities committed
against the Muslim popultion of
Bosnia pour into this country
every second. Men are killed,
women are raped, children are
starved only because they are
Bosnians can not even defend
themselves thanks to the arms
embargo on Bosnia. Yet, Serbs
enjoy great support from neigh-
boring Serbia. Non-action on the
part of the United States and its
Western European allies is
incomprehensible to a logical
At a town meeting in Michi-
gan on Oct. 30, President Bush,
in response to a question, justified
the U.S. position by saying that he
did not want to create another
Vietnam. Am I missing some-
The United States has never
been asked to intervene militarily.

in Bosnia
In fact, Mr. Izzetbegovich, the
Bosnian President, has openly
stated that they "did not want
American boys to die for" them.
They only want arms to defend
themselves. This is not something
new to the United States. It has
been done in Afghanistan and it
has worked.
I can not help concluding that
the non-action of the United
States and the Western European
countries is due to the fact that
Bosnians are Muslim and that the
Serbs are Christian.
Amazingly, even the Serbs are
confused. They express openly
that they do not understand the
Christian world. They are doing
the dirty job of "ethnically
cleansing" Europe of Muslims. In
return, Serbia gets sanctioned. I
forgot to mention that Serbians
are naive too.
Tayfun Ozdemir
Rackham graduate student

What about us?
To the Daily:
In the front page of the Oct. 26
edition of the Daily there is a
picture of the 1992 Mudbowl (not
Mud Bowl) between Phi Delta
Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
and a caption telling of the event.
The caption incorrectly identifies
the Mudbowl as Sigma Alpha
Epsilon's when it is a Sigma
Alpha Epsilon and Phi Delta
Theta tradition.
If you are going to print
something (especially on your
front page), you have an obliga-
tion to research as accurately as
possible what you are reporting.
Marc Latman
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Our rights, our bodies
To the Daily:
Day after day we open your
pages to see yet another letter or
two dealing with abortion. These
letters reduce the arguments to
simplistic regurgitation of
previous opinions. Something else
we've noticed is many of these
letters are being written by men.
Unfortunately, men are also. the
people writing the laws governing
women's bodies. Nonetheless,
abortion is a women's issue.
In his letter (11/5/92) Frank
Foti wrote about men's rights.
Until he spends 20 years menstru-
ating, nine months pregnant, and a
lifetime taking care of an un-
wanted baby with no support from
the consenting partner - he has
no rights to our bodies!
Wendy Stein
LSA senior
Caryn Hebets
LSA senior


Ameman1 EgenHde- memor:reams...............
Armenian genocide: memory remainls

by Brian Kulhanjian

Magic resigns, AIDS remains

Last week I attended a'
function in the basement of Lane
Hall. I came for one reason; to
hear about the Armenian geno-
cide. Two professors spoke about
the historical aspects regarding
this event, an event that has
haunted me since I was first told
of it as a child.
Naturally, the professors took
the scholastic approach. They
cited numerous neutral witnesses,
told of the ongoing attempts to
discredit the genocide's existence,
and spoke of the Turkish
government's denial that they
murdered half (an historically
conservative figure) of the
Armenian population at the time.
Confronting my
family's past means
admitting that
humans are capable.
of such acts, which, in
turn, means that I am
capable of rape and
But the most poignant and
compelling part of this meeting
was not the lectures. Instead, it
was a man sitting on the other
side of the room. He was quite old
and confined to a wheelchair.
Wisps of white hair partially

Of course, I like to think I could never perform
such acts. Im sure the same goes for Turkish
people, and I believe this is one reason why
Turks deny history, and why Armenians like me
loathe remembering it.


arvin (Magic) Johnson ended his legendary
;L i basketball careerlast week, claiming the con-
troversy surrounding his comeback was hurting
the game. This may come as a letdown to people
who viewed Johnson as the preeminent spokes-
person on AIDS. But Johnson has done his part to
bring much-needed national attention to the AIDS
issue. Unfortunately, muchignorance still remains
about this deadly disease.
In a society where one out of every 50 college
students is HIV positive, it is essential that AIDS
education be easily accessible. Sadly, many ex-
tremist organizations have denied this reality. Fear.
of the disease continues to suppress AIDS infor-
" mation in schools and in the workplace.
Much ignorance still exists about how AIDS is

"We as a society must learn how to coexist with
people who have HIV," said Johnson. Learning to
coexist may require greater tolerance and under-
standing from people who know or work with
AIDS victims. Many of Johnson's colleagues in the
NBA failed to live up to the courageous example he
set, instead complaining that they feared playing
basketball with Johnson because they might con-
tract AIDS.
Magic's electrifying performance at the Olym-
pics may have offered many Americans their first
glimpse of an actual HIV victim. By running circles
around his opponents, Johnson helped break down
the stereotypes about AIDS/HIV victims. Yet,
Magic's second retirement makes clear that this
was only a small first step.

during World War I. He didn't
say many words, but his watering
eyes and shivering hands said
more than his mouth could ever
hope to. In a short moment of
emotional intensity he summa-

Armenian, this sad history forces
its way into my head. Confronting,
my family's past means admitting
that humans are capable of such
acts, which, in turn, means that I
am capable of rape and murder.

rized years of a true living hell.
My family, too, had been J
murdered during the genocide.
My grandfather saw his first wife
raped by Turkish soldiers as
others held him down. She was
later killed, along with most of
his family. My grandmother, his
second wife, was luckier. She
belonged to the aristocracy and
artfully managed to escape, but
never heard from her original
family again.
They came to America,
worked hard and did well for
themselves. Whenever the "old
country" came up, my grandfa-
ther would become obstinate,
feeling sickened and humiliated
by his family's tragedy. His
family and friends thought he felt
guilty about his past, like he -
could have somehow stopped the
atrocities from happening. He
was different than most survivors
- at least he wauld resnond

Of course, I like to think I could
never perform such acts. I'm sure
the same goes for Turkish people,
and I believe this is one reason
why Turks. deny history, and why
Arnenians like me loathe remem-
Bering it.
The meeting finished and I had
become so engrossed in my
thoughts that half of the crowd
had left before I'd even noticed.
The old man remained in the same
spot, not moving and staring
straight ahead at nothing. People
milled around him and bright
colors of clothing flashed by,
blocking my view of the old man.
When he came back into view, the
old man still had not moved.
I sat in my corner chair and
debated speaking to him, or at
least putting my hand on his
shoulder. Visions of my grandfa-
ther watching Turkish soldiers
rape and kill his wife again
occpied my mind No I decided.

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